Does that $500K come out of the officer's own money or is it paid out through tax dollars? Because if tax payers are having to pay for officers doing a bad job then the system is broken.
Pull quote from the above linked article: "(Nurse) Alex Wubbels reached the monetary settlement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, her attorney said."
The system is broken. If (fired) Officer Jeff Payne and/or his commander James Tracy had to pay the monetary settlement, the THEY would have had to retain legal counsel and most certainly would have been mentioned by name.
As usual, John Q Taxpayer gets the short end of the stick. What would be delightful justice (but won't happen) is for Nurse Wubbels to use this settlement as evidence that her civil rights were violated and sue (former) officer Payne in civil court for $5 million. She should be rewarded his house and retirement pension and HE is qualified to work at McDonald's.
At least the world knows what scum he is.